Where did that thing come from? And what is it?
According to astronomers, the object dubbed C/2017 U1 travels through space at a specific angle and it does NOT orbit the sun. According to its orbital path, the mystery object appears to have entered our solar system from the direction of the Constellation of Lyra.
Astronomers have spotted the first alien object that they believe comes from another solar system.
Dubbed C/2017 U1, the alleged comet was spotted for the first time by a telescope in Hawaii on October 18th, and was then seen more than 30 times in the following seven days.
Scientists are convinced that the object—believed to be a comet—originated in an alien solar system and will fly past Earth for the first time.
Astronomers say that based on a strange and bizarre trajectory, they estimate that C/2017 U1 may be the first comet that came from interstellar space and through our solar system.
Scientists say that despite the fact that comets follow an ellipse-shaped orbit around the sun, this object seems to orbit it a specific angle, and it does not orbit the sun.
According to its orbital path, the mystery object appears to have entered our solar system from the direction of the Constellation of Lyra, it looped around the sun, and is expected to NEVER return to our solar system.
In an interview with New Scientist, Dr. Simon Porter, who works as a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute said: “It’s coming from very far away, but we can’t actually backtrack how far away it started. It could be that it’s coming from outside the solar system, but it’s really hard to tell,”
According to a number of observations published by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, aka MPC, the object most likely escaped the orbit of another sun from a distant solar system.
“Unless there are serious problems with much of the astrometry listed below, strongly hyperbolic orbits are the only viable solutions. If further observations confirm the unusual nature of this orbit, this object may be the first clear case of an interstellar comet,” said a statement from the MPC.
However, astronomers are convinced that the mystery object came from another—alien—solar system.
Speaking about C/2017 U1 Dr. Maria Womack, a planetary scientist at the University of South Florida said: “It could have interacted with Jupiter or another planet in such a way that changed its orbit.”
“When you think of photos of comets, they’re a fuzzy blob. People have to make determinations of where they think the center is. Someone who is at the telescope has to make a call,” added Dr, Womack.
(H/T New Scientist)